senator shaheen, and i want to thank our distinguished guests who are here. as we gather to celebrate the achievements of a great man, warren rudman, a statesman who carried out the people's work with honesty, integrity, and decency. daniel webster once said, "in the mountains of new hampshire, god almighty has hung out a sign to show that there he makes men." he was referring to our beloved old man of the mountain, but this famous quote could just as easily have described our dear friend, senator rudman. he left a tremendous impact on new hampshire, and then today, we will honor his many achievements in this esteemed body of the united states senate.